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Autodesk: Transition to Named Users

Autodesk is retiring serial numbers and has launched new named user subscriptions.

From May 7, 2020, you can trade in your existing network (or standalone) maintenance plan and your multi-user subscriptions for corresponding single user subscriptions, at a cost consistent with what you pay today.


The new plans deliver many business benefits now and in the future, including:

  • New ways to optimise your licensing costs by having visibility into your usage data.
  • Dedicated access for all employees whenever they need it, wherever they are working – in the office or at home. No more downtime because all of your licenses are in use.
  • Ability to tailor your support and learning content to employees based on insights.
  • You will no longer have to manage your own network servers or track an anonymous serial number again.


View the full list of 10 reasons behind the change to named users.

Key Facts

Some plans are retiring.

Maintenance plans will retire on May 7, 2021 and cannot be further renewed. Subscriptions with multi-user access will retire on August 7, 2021 and cannot be further renewed. Design & Creation Suite plans have already retired.

We will help you transition to the right new plan.

For customers who own a subscription with multi-user access or maintenance, at your first renewal after May 7, 2020, we will help you transition to a single user subscription through trade-in offers that keep your costs consistent today and predictable to 2028.

Multi-user trade-in.

There are trade-in offers available for customers with multi-user access and maintenance subscriptions, plus additional transition options for customers with Design & Creation Suites. View all trade-in offers below.

Ready to make the change? Next steps.

In order to transition from multi-user subscription or network maintenance to single user subscription at a 2:1 ratio, please contact us and we will provide you with relevant options.

Available Trade-in Offers

 

Overview of Offers

There are various trade-in offers available at time of renewal. These depend on your existing license type.

Select the tab(s) on the left that applies to you. Need help deciding? Contact us anytime.

Overview of trade-in offers for named user transitions, available at time of renewal.

 

How to Prepare for Trade-in
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For Standalone Maintenance

For standalone maintenance, at your next renewal before May 7, 2021*, you can trade in one seat for one subscription at a cost consistent with what you pay today*.

  • Then, renew at an ongoing discount to 2028**.
  • At time of trade-in, choose to upgrade to an industry collection to get a comprehensive selection of tools to help you meet any project challenge— now and in the future.
  • At time of trade-in or later, choose to upgrade to a higher plan for more advanced features, such as single sign-on and detailed user reporting.

 

For Network Maintenance

If you have a network maintenance plan, at your first renewal only, after August 7, 2020, trade in one seat or subscription for two subscriptions (for one named user each) at a cost consistent with what you pay today*. 

Subscriptions with network maintenance plans will retire on May 7, 2021 and cannot be further renewed.

For Multi-User Subscribers

At your first renewal only, after August 7, 2020, trade in one seat or subscription for two subscriptions (for one named user each) at a cost consistent with what you pay today*. 

Subscriptions with multi-user plans will retire on August 7, 2021 and cannot be further renewed.

For Perpetual License (without maintenance)

If you’re using an older perpetual license, you have the opportunity to save big on a 1-year or 3-year subscription to the same product you’re using now, or a different stand-alone product, including a collection.

Now is a great time for customers to upgrade their perpetual license to a subscription and receive the benefits of subscription. In addition to more value and flexibility than perpetual licenses, customers can save up to 25%* when trading in qualifying perpetual licenses that are not on maintenance plans, for a subscription to the latest Autodesk industry collections or to most individual products—like AutoCAD® including specialized toolsets, AutoCAD LT®, Civil 3D®, Revit®, Inventor®, 3ds Max® and more.

PROMOTION ENDS 23rd October 2020

*Save up to 25% on 3-yr subscriptions

Ready to make the change? Get in Touch

 

For Design & Creation Suites

As part of retiring maintenance plans, the last version of the Design & Creation Suites will be released in April 2020 for customers to download, and the last date to renew Suites will be on April 16, 2020.

Customers will not be able to renew Suites after April 16, 2020. To learn more about your options to upgrade to an industry collection through one of the trade-in offers above, contact us today. 

Ready? Here is exactly how you need to transition.

About this guide

This guide has been compiled to assist our customers with the technical aspects of the transition and outline key areas of the process.

Download a handy PDF copy of the guide here.

1. How to assign single user licenses
  1. Sign-in to your Autodesk account

Open the following link in your web browser: manage.autodesk.com


  1. Your Autodesk account

This is your Autodesk account landing page, from here you go to User Management and click By User


  1. Inviting Users

At this point you can assign users if they have already been added, or if you need to add users, click Invite Users

You will then be able to add users, one at a time, alternatively you can add several users at once by importing an excel spreadsheet *

Once users added, click send invite.

Once the invitation is sent, the user status will show as Pending until the user accepts the invitation. 

If the user misplaces the invitation, you can resend it.

Once you have invited/added a user you can now assign license/s to them.

Navigate to the user you would like to assign, available license/s will be shown, select assign the license/s as required


  1. What the user(s) should do

The user will need to create an Autodesk account, if they don’t already have one, then they can start using the software.

NOTE: the user will need to ensure they connect to the internet at least once every 30 days.

2. How to reset a multi-user license to single user (Autodesk 2020+ Releases)
  • IF YOUR SOFTWARE STARTS:

Follow this workflow to reset your license type through the License Manager. If your trial license has expired, click Already Have A License at the bottom of the Expired Trial dialog box.

  1. Start your Autodesk software.
  2. At the upper-right, click the triangle next to the username.
  3. Select Manage Licenses.
  4. In the License Manager dialog box, select Manage License Type. The Let’s Get Started screen appears.
  5. Choose your license type.

 

  • IF YOUR SOFTWARE DOESN’T START:

Use the  Autodesk Licensing Installer Helper tool (AdskLicensingInstHelper).

Before you begin: If you’re signed in to the Autodesk desktop app or Autodesk cloud-based services, sign out.

Then clear the login status by deleting the LoginState.xml file at these locations:

  • Windows: %localappdata%\Autodesk\Web Services\LoginState.xml 

(Tip: From the Task Manager, select the Details tab. If the AdSSO service is running, click End Task and delete the LoginState.xml file.)

  • macOS: ~/Library/Application\ Support/Autodesk/Web\ Services/LoginState.xml
  • Linux: ~/.local/share/Autodesk/Web Services/LoginState.xml

 

  1. Open a command prompt on Windows (run as administrator) or a terminal in macOS or Linux.
  1. To change the directory to AdskLicensingInstHelper, run the following commands:
  • Windows: cd %CommonProgramFiles(x86)%\Autodesk Shared\AdskLicensing\Current\helper\
  • macOS: cd /Library/Application\ Support/Autodesk/AdskLicensing/Current/helper/
  • Linux: cd /opt/Autodesk/AdskLicensing/2020/helper/
  1. In the Command line, run the following:
  • Windows: AdskLicensingInstHelper change -pk 2020_product_key -pv 2020.0.0.F -lm “”
  • Mac/Linux: sudo  AdskLicensingInstHelper change -pk 2020_product_key -pv 2020.0.0.F -lm
  1. Start your Autodesk 2020 software. On the Let’s Get Started screen, select the appropriate license type.

 

Note: Here is a list of  2020 product keys.

  • Access software with Autodesk ID

Download & Install Access by signing in

Note: You don’t need an activation code if you have a subscription license.

How to activate by signing in:

  1. Start your software.
  2. On the Let’s Get Started screen, click Single-user (versions 2019 and later) or Sign-In (versions 2018 and earlier).
  3. Sign in using your Autodesk ID (the email and password) associated with your Autodesk Account.
3. How to reset a multi-user license to single user (Autodesk 2019 & earlier Releases)

CLICK HERE for instructions

4. Managing Stricter Security Protocols

If your organisation has Stricter Security Protocols, the following optional items should be reviewed by IT Professionals, where required.

  • What are the supported proxy configurations for single-user access license under a Secured Proxy environment:
Proxy Configurations   Support
    2014-2016 (*1) 2017 – (*3) (*5)  
Web proxy auto detection (WPAD)   No Yes (*6)  
Proxy auto configuration (PAC)   No Yes  
Proxy server and port specification   Yes (*2) Yes  

Note:

(*1) 2014 or 2015 products need to apply a hotfix for POODLE SSL v3 vulnerability.
(*2) Authenticated proxy (*3) is not supported.
(*3) The following authentication schemes for proxy are supported from 2017 products.
       ・Basic
       ・NTLM (*4)
(*4) Pass-Through authentication is not supported.
(*5) Credential Manager in Windows should be enabled.
(*6) See How to enable automatic proxy detection (WPAD) for Windows.

If you are using  HTTPS Inspection, this could break the certificate revocation check. Make sure you disable this feature for the domains*.autodesk.com

See this article for more information

  • Are there any third-party application or firewall solutions not compatible with the Single-user subscriptions?

CLICK HERE for instructions

  • I am using a Firewall and/or proxy in my organization. Which are the domains/protocols that I need to allow for the Autodesk Single-user Subscription to work properly?

CLICK HERE for instructions

  • Which are the minimum open ports and URL settings required for the license service to operate without problems?

These are the domains indicated above as Login, License Entitlement and Third party Certificate download and verification sites to be allowed through the proxy/firewall. Make sure you have verified also the points highlighted under Important Preliminary Checks from the above section.

  • Does the user have to be online constantly to use Autodesk Subscription products?

Users are authenticated via a login dialog upon starting an Autodesk product, and should be online at this time. After that, the user needs to connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days to continue using the software.

  • What are the specific IP Addresses and the physical locations of the Autodesk servers?

Users should use the DNS names specified above for configuring access on proxy servers, and not IP addresses. The physical locations of the Autodesk servers are not published, and in many cases, servers are redundant and replicated for high availability.

See this article for more information

5. User Sign-in

When a user is assigned a license, they will receive an email titled:

[Confirmation + Next Step] You’ve got access

  1. This email will have a button at the end:
  1. The user will need to click that to log into/or create (if they don’t already have one) their Autodesk account in order to commence using the assigned license.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

On May 7, 2020, Autodesk is launching new subscription plans that are based on people and retiring plans based on serial numbers. Like most SaaS providers, these plans are designed for named users and provide a range of administrative, support, and reporting capabilities for businesses of every size.

Customers often share their concerns over the time and resources needed to manage multiple deployment types.

These new plans for named users will provide benefits, including:

– Optimize your licensing costs, by having visibility into your usage data.
– No need to manage your own license servers or track an anonymous serial number again.
– Dedicated access for all employees who need it, wherever they are working; at home or in the office. No more downtime waiting for licenses.
– Tailor support and learning content to employees based on insights.

These new plans for named users will replace those based on serial numbers:

– Maintenance plans will retire on May 7, 2021 and cannot be further renewed.
– Subscriptions with multi-user access will retire on August 7, 2021 and cannot be further renewed.
– As part of retiring maintenance, the last version of the Design & Creation Suites will be released in April 2020* for customers to download, and the last date to renew Suites will be April 16, 2020.
– Starting February 29, 2020, we will no longer sell new 2 or 3-year subscriptions with multi-user access or allow renewals. Starting August 7, 2020, we will no longer sell new annual subscriptions with multi-user access.

Maintenance plans will retire on May 7, 2021 and subscriptions with multi-user access will retire on August 7, 2021 and cannot be further renewed.

Not right now. At your first renewal date after May 7, 2020 for maintenance or August 7, 2020 for multi-user subscription, we’ll tell you how to trade your maintenance plan or multi-user subscription in for a named-user plan, all while keeping your costs consistent.

For customers who own a subscription with multi-user access or network maintenance, at your first renewal after May 7, 2020, we’ll help you transition to a plan for named users through trade-in offers that keep your costs consistent today and predictable to 2028**.

Get in touch below for available options.

     
Action at Renewal Expiration Date Action at Renewal
Standalone or network maintenance plan Before May 7, 2020 Until May 7, move to subscription through the Move to Subscription program

Design & Creation Suites on standalone or network maintenance Before May 7, 2020 Until May 7, move to a subscription for an industry collection through the Move to Subscription program
Standalone maintenance plan After May 7, 2020 Trade in standalone maintenance seat for one standard subscription through maintenance trade-in offer
Network maintenance plan Between May 7 – August 7, 2020 Trade in one network maintenance seat for one subscription with multi-user access through maintenance trade-in offer
Network maintenance plan After August 7, 2020 Trade in one network maintenance seat for two standard subscriptions through multi-user trade-in offer
Multi user-subscription After August 7, 2020 Trade in one multi-user subscription for two standard subscriptions through multi-user trade-in offer

Design & Creation Suites on standalone maintenance After May 7, 2020 Trade in and upgrade to an industry collection standard subscription through maintenance trade-in offer
Design & Creation Suites on network maintenance After August 7, 2020 Trade in one network maintenance seat for two collections standard subscriptions through multi-user trade-in offer

Customers who act will have access to special trade-in offers designed to transition them to new plans offering an improved experience, collaboration and support at a consistent cost.

Simply get in touch below for any other questions.

 

Need help? Get in touch.

If you require further assistance with assigning users or switching multi-user licenses to single user, please contact us using the form below.

If you need to speak to someone, please call us: 03 8513 3013

 

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Information current as of 22nd September 2020. For the most up to date information, please visit the Autodesk website about the transition to named user plans.

*Current maintenance prices will experience a 20% price increase on renewals after August 7, 2020.

** Actual pricing may vary due to the impacts of currency fluctuations. Pricing commitments apply only to seats moved to subscription from maintenance pursuant to the Move to Subscription offer. This price commitment is subject to product and/or offering availability and does not apply to: new subscriptions purchased by customer; switched subscriptions (i.e., permitted switches from a subscription for one product to a subscription for another product), or substitute or successor subscription products.